Friday, November 28, 2008


The stars are aligning for a rare and beautiful show.  November 30th and December 1st, Jupiter and Venus will be only 2 degrees apart as seen from the earth.  In astronomical terms, this is teensy!  The width of your forefinger held at arms length is about 2 degrees.  Already, tonight in our beautiful, clear Iowa sky, Venus was so bright that I thought at first it was an airplane.  Over the next few nights the crescent moon will appear and with the two planets will form a celestial triangle on the night of December 2nd.  Try to check it out as it will not occur again until 2013 when the moon, Jupiter, and Venus will be just a degree apart.  The universe is really a strange and magical place.

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